What is the Mercer Greek Challenge?
The Mercer Greek Challenge is an initiative of the Office of University Advancement designed to increase financial support for the University’s Annual Fund (The Mercer Fund) and award prizes for Mercer’s Greek chapters. It is has also been designed to engage alumni volunteers who are members of Mercer’s national fraternities and sororities.
The Challenge is divided into four competitions:
Interfraternity Council Competition (Group A)
Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Nu
Interfraternity Council Competition (Group B)
Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta and Pi Kappa Phi
Panhellenic Council Competition
Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega and Phi Mu
National Panhellenic Council Competition
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Kappa Alpha Psi
How is the competition scored?
Chapters with the highest alumni participation rates (based on Mercer Fund gifts received) will win prizes for first, second, third and fourth place in each competition category.
A gift of any amount designated for any area of The Mercer Fund will count toward the Greek Challenge. Gifts may be designated to any School/College/Program in The Mercer Fund (including the Mercer Athletic Foundation and Mercer On Mission) and may be split between programs (ex., a $100 gift: $50 to College of Liberal Arts and $50 to Mercer Athletic Foundation).
Gifts to Greek chapter funds and gifts to scholarships, endowments and special/capital projects are not eligible for Greek Challenge calculation but will count towards an individual’s overall giving to the University. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Joint gifts between spouses who were both members of a fraternity/sorority will count towards participation for each organization.
Chapter alumni must reach the following minimum thresholds in giving to The Mercer Fund to qualify for prizes:
- $35,000 Interfraternity Council Group A
- $25,000 Interfraternity Council Group B
- $25,000 Panhellenic Council
- $1,500 National Panhellenic Council
Chapters must have a minimum of 50 alumni of record (with a good mailing address) to be eligible for participation in the Greek Challenge. Participation rates are based upon fraternity/sorority affiliation noted in our database. Gifts may not be made on behalf of other alumni.
What are the prizes for the winning chapters?
There will be four winning chapters in each competition:
- 1st place: $1,500
- 2nd place: $1,000
- 3rd place: $500
- 4th place: $250
Prize money can be used by the chapters (under guidance from the Office of Campus Life) for leadership development, scholarships, house improvements, chapter growth initiatives and house finances. Prizes will only be awarded to organizations in good standing. If a winning organization is not currently in good standing at Mercer University, the prize will be held and awarded when the organization is reinstated.
Winning organizations will be announced at Homecoming, November 3-4, 2017.